„The more devils we have within us, the more chance we have to form angels.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, livro A Última Tentação de Cristo

Fonte: The Last Temptation of Christ (1951), Ch. 10

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—  Sheri S. Tepper American fiction writer 1929 - 2016

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Contexto: To my mind, the expression of divinity is in variety, and the more variable the creation, the more variable the creatures that surround us, botanical and zoological, the more chance we have to learn and to see into life itself, nature itself. If we were just human beings, living in a spaceship, with an algae farm to give us food, we would not be moved to learn nearly as many things as we are moved by living on a world, surrounded by all kinds of variety. And when I see that variety being first decimated, and then halved — and I imagine in another hundred years it may be down by 90% and there'll be only 10% of what we had when I was a child — that makes me very sad, and very despairing, because we need variety. We came from that, we were born from that, it's our world, the world in which we became what we have become.

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„I have always found that the less we speak of our intentions, the more chance there is of our realizing them.“

—  John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900

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„We want to take a chance on more democracy.“

—  Willy Brandt German social-democratic politician; Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany 1913 - 1992

Wir wollen mehr Demokratie wagen.
government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 1, bwbs.de http://www.bwbs.de/UserFiles/File/PDF/Regierungserklaerung691028.pdf (PDF file).

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„I have believed in love and work, and their linkage. I have believed that we are neither angels nor devils, but humans, with clusters of potentials in both directions. I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.“

—  Max Lerner American journalist and educator 1902 - 1992

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—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Fonte: The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems, 1946-1966

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„With writing, we have second chances.“

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„Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

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Contexto: Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

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—  John Doe American singer, songwriter, actor, poet, guitarist and bass player 1954

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